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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

to intervene in this affair., were strongly censured by the Soviets and asked
on what grounds were they interfering within the Russian sphere of
security ?
A defeated Hungary had signed an armistice on January 21, 1945^
and a puppet Government was already installed. Finland., in a forgotten
corner of the world was abandoned to the Soviets without any attempt
at intervention on the part of the other two Great Allies. In Greece,
left within the British sphere a " well-organised Communist plot" as
Churchill denned it, had tried to snatch the power. The British inter-
vened in strength in this instance, and overcame the small minority who
wanted to place their country under Soviet rule. It was only by this
display offeree that Britain was able to prevent the sole remaining country
on the Balkan peninsula from suffering the same fate as the others.
As yet, Czecho-Slovakia was still awaiting her turn to be e liberated *
by the Soviet Forces. The Provisional Government under Dr. Benes,
had already professed its willingness to become a vassal of the Kremlin,
and, pledged to follow it through fire and water, was preparing to remodel
itself after the Soviet pattern.
In the begining of 1945, ^e acquisition of the Slav and non-Slav
soil between the Baltic and the Adriatic., the Middle Zone, the Great
Pan-Slavia, " over which ", as Stalin claimed " the U.S.S.R. will keep
guard " became a reality. A hundred divisions, mainly belonging to
Hitler's satellites or foreign conscripts had by now joined the ranks of the
Red Army. Those in the road of the advancing Russian tide who refused
to be assimilated, and who firmly continued to stand by their independence
—the Polish Home Army, had been destroyed . . . And as this story
was drawing to a close, when Moscow already began to extract from those
newly-occupied lands what little the Germans had left, then and then only
did the Kremlin's war-lord evince his readiness to meet his partners
and dictate new terms for further co-operation. In the changed situ-
ation the negotiations at Teheran, had already lost their value and the
£ Unity of the Allies' which the Russians had pounded to dust, now had
to be reconstructed.
It is necessary to bear in mind that the British Premier had been the
one to evince the greatest eagerness in the past six months to meet his
partners in the Alliance, or rather to meet that partner who, taking
advantage of his own and Allied victories, was engaged in making history
by entering the Balkans. But as it was stated the Kremlin's war-lord
was in no hurry to see any of the leaders of the Atlantic Democracies
during that time. Stalin preferred to " stand at the bar and wait",
although to quote the British Prime Minister " strong and authoratative
decisions were required." Deploring the impossibility of arranging any
meeting of the Big Three, Churchill in sheer desperation publicly declared
his willingness to " proceed to any place at any time, under any conditions*"
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